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Charles Chapman Grand Marshal for July 4th parade


 Charles Chapman being honored by Jasper Lions Club

            Longtime Lions Club member Charles Chapman, a.k.a. Mr. Jasper Lion, has been named the grand marshal of the July 4th parade this year for Jasper.

    The Lions have a long history of providing the Independence Day activities for Pickens County and Chapman has been instrumental in these for many years.

Talking Rock man wins $1 million in lottery



   A man from Pickens County is celebrating a big win from the Georgia Lottery. Dennis Noland of Talking Rock won a $1 million top prize playing the instant game $10 Million Cash Spectacular.

    Georgia Lottery representatives presented Noland with an oversized check Wednesday at Airport Grocery,  Sunlight Road in Ellijay, which is the store where the winning ticket was sold.

Jones Mountain bridge reopens



    Midday Tuesday, June 17, Georgia DOT engineer Sam Wheeler said crews were removing barricades at the Jones Mountain bridge on Highway 136 that has been closed since April. 

     "They will wait for a week or two and then go in and do a repair to the asphalt, but we are waiting to see if there is anymore settlement behind the bridge first," Wheeler said.

   The repairs are considered temporary. One person on the job said it is a band-aid, but one that will allow the important connector between Pickens and Gilmer counties to be used until a permanent fix is completed.